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Gopher Football Policies

Note – Violation of stadium rules could result in fines, loss of tickets, and removal from TCF Bank Stadium.

Arrive Early

Suggestion – It is highly recommended that fans arrive early for all home games.

Reason – Arriving early will allow Gopher fans to take part in the Victory Walk, avoid lines at the gates, and ensure they are seated in TCF Bank Stadium prior to the opening kickoff.

Fan Behavior

Policy – Minnesota provides a memorable game day experience for all fans. Please help us to enhance the fan experience by demonstrating sportsmanship at all times. If you encounter unruly behavior, please contact an event staff representative. Spectators must remain off the playing field at all times. The University of Minnesota reserves the right to remove from the stadium, without refund, any individuals disrupting other fans, team representatives, or officials. This can be accomplished by texting the word “GOLD” to 78247. Reason – The University of Minnesota is dedicated to providing a safe environment for all spectators, coaches, athletes and officials. Immediate action will be taken to ensure the safety of all attendees.

Entry / Security

Policy – Gates will open two hours prior to kick-off. Please utilize the entrance gate marked on your ticket – this will help ease congestion at the entry gates. All fans will be subject to a bag search and possible pat-down. Reason – These security measures are in place for the safety of all Gopher fans. It is suggested that fans arrive early and bring as few personal items as possible into TCF Bank Stadium – this will expedite the entry process.


Policy – Elevators are located at all major gates of TCF Bank Stadium. Elevators are reserved for guests requiring extra assistance. Elevators at gates A, B, C, and D travel to the 100 and 200 levels, while the elevator at gate E will transport guests to the main concourse. Please plan accordingly if you plan to take an elevator to the upper concourse.

Premium Areas

Policy – Access to the premium entrance (located near Benton County) is restricted to individuals with tickets for the DQ Club, Indoor Club, Suites, or Loge Boxes. Individuals holding premium tickets are greatly encouraged to enter TCF Bank Stadium through the premium entrance.

Reason – The premium lobby is only designed to accommodate a limited number of patrons for game-day access.

Prohibited Items

Prohibited items must be returned to vehicles or disposed of before entering the stadium. There are no provisions to check items at the gates and items abandoned outside the gates will be confiscated. Click here for a list of items that are prohibited in TCF Bank Stadium.

Inspection Required

The following items will be inspected. Please note all items are subject to search by gate personnel.

  • Cameras and camera cases.
  • All bags
  • Signs (must comply with standard of decency; no profane or offensive language or offensive messages; cannot exceed 24” by 36”)

Re-entry to Stadium

Policy – Patrons may not leave and re-enter TCF Bank Stadium. Reason – To enhance security, patrons are not allowed to leave TCF Bank Stadium and return.


Policy – TCF Bank Stadium is a non-smoking facility.

Reason – Smoking is prohibited in all facilities of the University of Minnesota campus.

Standing During Games

Policy – Fans are encouraged to enthusiastically support the Gophers. Standing is expected during significant plays or moments throughout the game. We do ask you to please be courteous of other fans during the game. If complaints from fans regarding standing are reasonable and continuous, these situations will be addressed by game personnel.

Reason – The University of Minnesota asks that all fans demonstrate common courtesy throughout the game.

Student ID Policy

Policy – All individuals possessing a student ticket must present a valid UM Student ID for admission.


Policy – Tickets that are lost or stolen can be replaced. Refunds will not be issued. Replacement tickets will only be issued to the person who purchased the tickets. Valid identification must be shown in order to have replacement tickets issued. There will be a $5 fee for replacement tickets.

Policy – The sale of counterfeit tickets has increased in areas surrounding TCF Bank Stadium. Unless tickets were purchased from the Gopher Ticket Office, you may have invalid tickets. Patrons attempting to enter TCF Bank Stadium with an invalid ticket will be denied admission.